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    Thread: The 'you need an E36' thread

    1. 10-10-2012 08:44 PM #101
      Quote Originally Posted by danny_16v View Post
      I've yet to ride in sports, only rode in an E36 with PSS or PSS9's once and they rode fine. But that's a different damper altogether.
      Totally different car, but I had Sports on my GTI and the rebound was, IMO, way underdamped. It rode like **** anywhere there were undulations or successions of bumps.
      I'm really just here for the pancakes.
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    2. 10-10-2012 08:58 PM #102
      Yeah! Here's mine...97, just rolled past 24k miles last week


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      10-10-2012 10:10 PM #103
      Quote Originally Posted by n0rdicalex. View Post
      i love mine. picked it up from a friend in July 2011 with 200,000 miles, and it's up to 207,500 now. the straight six is really great engine, and the sound it makes at WOT is just awesome.

      that was a great car, i miss oversteer on demand.

      and that hellrot alpina!!!

    4. 10-10-2012 10:18 PM #104
      Quote Originally Posted by Chapel View Post
      any suggestion on springs?
      what's "wrong" with the H&R Cup Kit?
      actually for a standard E36, the cup kit sounds like a good alternative... matched shocks to springs is good.
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      10-10-2012 10:53 PM #105
      Quote Originally Posted by danny_16v View Post
      actually for a standard e36, the cup kit sounds like a good alternative... Matched shocks to springs is good.
      and cheap!

    6. 10-10-2012 11:30 PM #106
      My Supercharged M with Methanol Injection. Sold the car about 2 months ago. BIG MISTAKE....GRRRRR... i should've kept it cos i really miss this thing.


      Last edited by GTi_8v; 10-10-2012 at 11:34 PM.

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      10-11-2012 01:44 AM #107
      Quote Originally Posted by crannky View Post
      Totally different car, but I had Sports on my GTI and the rebound was, IMO, way underdamped. It rode like **** anywhere there were undulations or successions of bumps.
      I understand what you mean to say. But, technically, that means they were actually over-damped in the rebound.

      Also, the Billie Sport E36 shocks are just a different animal. I haven't heard of the Billie Sports being so problematic on any other car --even other similar-vintage BMWs.

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      10-11-2012 02:32 AM #108
      I already have an e36



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      10-11-2012 08:15 AM #109
      is it true the US spec engines take better to modding because no VANOS? US spec cars have been popping up on mobile.de and cars.cz and they are usually 20-30% cheaper than similar shape EU spec
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    10. 10-11-2012 08:23 AM #110
      Quote Originally Posted by unleashedd View Post
      is it true the US spec engines take better to modding because no VANOS? US spec cars have been popping up on mobile.de and cars.cz and they are usually 20-30% cheaper than similar shape EU spec
      US spec S50/S52 have vanos... it's just a single vanos (intake side). Euro motor is double vanos I believe, like later E46 engines.

      The great thing about the US S52 is it's simplicity, reliability, less maintenance, and can handle boost pretty well. With a cut-ring gasket or something along those lines and ARP head bolts, people can achieve 500hp with turbo, using the factory DME. Some of the best companies that sell forced induction solutions and tuning have been able to tune the factory ECU to be able to handle very high HP... not sure what the highest is, but I think there's 600hp cars running around.
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      10-14-2012 10:02 PM #111
      Just put a deposit down for this one:




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      10-14-2012 10:10 PM #112
      Quote Originally Posted by danny_16v View Post
      US spec S50/S52 have vanos... it's just a single vanos (intake side). Euro motor is double vanos I believe, like later E46 engines.

      The great thing about the US S52 is it's simplicity, reliability, less maintenance, and can handle boost pretty well. With a cut-ring gasket or something along those lines and ARP head bolts, people can achieve 500hp with turbo, using the factory DME. Some of the best companies that sell forced induction solutions and tuning have been able to tune the factory ECU to be able to handle very high HP... not sure what the highest is, but I think there's 600hp cars running around.
      M50 manifold + some additional bolt ons will get you damn close to stock euro S50 power as well. With the added bonus of not being as finnicky, and high maintenance.

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      10-18-2012 02:10 AM #113








      A tad stancey, but a good photo:



    14. 10-18-2012 12:13 PM #114
      Quote Originally Posted by 20aeman View Post
      M50 manifold + some additional bolt ons will get you damn close to stock euro S50 power as well. With the added bonus of not being as finnicky, and high maintenance.
      Agreed. Yeah I have the manifold in my garage, just got to order the adapter kit. I'll probably get a TRM tune after the manifold and call it a day with engine mods.

      Everything after that would be much more expensive done properly.... like cams, header, etc.
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      10-18-2012 12:26 PM #115
      How reliable are the E36's? What commonly goes wrong with them and all that?

    16. 10-18-2012 12:46 PM #116
      Quote Originally Posted by invisiblewar View Post
      How reliable are the E36's? What commonly goes wrong with them and all that?
      bushings, subframes cracks, cooling system, camshaft position sensors, valve cover gaskets,

      they're pretty dang reliable and they are the most affordable M car you can own if you go M3... and as far as a 3 series I'd say also one of the most reliable and affordable to maintain.

      Also parts from M3's to standard E36's are easily swappable and more readily available.
      Last edited by danny_16v; 10-18-2012 at 12:48 PM.
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      10-18-2012 01:56 PM #117
      Mine from way back in '02. This was the car that got me interested in cars when I first started reading about it in the early to mid 90's.


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      10-18-2012 05:28 PM #118
      this is one car i have always wanted. I remember being 14 and seeing dado's yellow m3 from that mischief series and thinking how sick that thing was. then i grew up some and learned how well balanced a car it is and loved it even more. Been thinking about upgrading to one since my current vr6 jetta has had so many parts break. I've been maintaining it and fixing the broken stuff, but I just feel the money invested would be much better in a rwd car that really can be a nice sporty car. I just feel a vr6 jetta can be fast in a straight line on a highway if you put in a bunch of money, but then at the end of the day, you still have a vw jetta. not hating on them, just feel the limit of the jetta is not that great. so basically i want an m3.
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      the driver seat the ajustment forword an back either came undun or snaped so seats is ware it is untill fixed perfect for me but if your taller or shorter will be a prob for u

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      10-19-2012 01:22 AM #119
      heres my daily 325is. 100+miles a day and drive it like I stole it
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      10-19-2012 01:25 PM #120
      I want some M-system Turbines, but they're really expensive...


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      10-19-2012 07:12 PM #121
      Quote Originally Posted by Chapel View Post
      I want some M-system Turbines, but they're really expensive...

      It bugs me that the whites don't match.

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      10-19-2012 07:23 PM #122
      Quote Originally Posted by Charlie84 View Post
      It bugs me that the whites don't match.
      The whites?

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      10-19-2012 07:26 PM #123
      Quote Originally Posted by a2a4raddo View Post
      The whites?
      white wheels, white car.

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      10-19-2012 07:38 PM #124
      Quote Originally Posted by Charlie84 View Post

      A tad stancey, but a good photo:

      Any more of this one? Healthy amount of meat going on for a "stancey" car.

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      10-19-2012 07:42 PM #125
      Quote Originally Posted by dubsport87 View Post
      white wheels, white car.
      The wheels are unpainted and the original Silver they came in.
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